A.U. delegation meets Egypt presidential hopefuls

CAIRO – An African Union delegation held two separate meetings on Monday with Egyptian presidential hopefuls Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi.

Talks between al-Sisi and the A.U. delegation focused on Egyptian developments, A.U. support for Egypt's transitional roadmap and A.U. condemnation of terrorism, al-Sisi's campaign said in a statement.

According to the statement, the A.U. delegation said that "it was looking forward to resuming Egypt's activities in the A.U."

The A.U. suspended Egypt's membership two days after the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi last year, a measure taken automatically by the pan-African body in the event of unconstitutional change of government in a member state.

For his part, Sabahi said that he told the A.U. delegation that the June 30 protests – that led to Morsi's ouster on July 3 – was a "popular revolution".

He said that he – if elected president – will draft a foreign policy that pays utmost importance to Africa, going on to call  for resuming Egypt's membership in the A.U.

Led by former Malian president Alpha Oumar Konare, the A.U. delegation arrived in Cairo on Sunday for a four-day visit to Egypt.

Egypt completed the first phase of an army-imposed transitional roadmap in January by holding a referendum on an amended version of its 2012 constitution.

Egyptians will elect a new president on May 26-27, the second milestone of the roadmap that should be completed with parliamentary polls later this year.

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